6 Ways To Wear A Plaid Blazer

| |

When it comes to layering in cool weather, cardigans, denim jackets and vests are usually the first ones we reach for, but plaid blazers are a great layering piece too. Plus, they are trending this Fall season! Plaid and Houndstooth patterns are definitely on-trend! They look great with almost any solid color bottom, like pants, skirts, jeans and even jogger pants! They also add color and interest to a black or gray dress. Plus, you can wear blazers to work during the week and wear them with jeans on the weekend!

If you get one with a neutral color pattern, plaid and houndstooth blazers will make great wardrobe staples for years to come. If you are looking for a great investment plaid blazer, this Caldwell Plaid Double Breasted Blazer is fabulous. For a midpriced option, this AQUA Plaid Blazer is gorgeous. And, for more of a conservative priced option, this Modern Plaid Blazer is perfect.

For a houndstooth blazer, this Two-Button Houndstooth Blazer is a great investment. I’m loving this budget-friendly Double-breasted Houndstooth Blazer!

When you wear a patterned blazer, you will want to stick with solid colors for your top and bottom. You want the blazer to be the focal point of your outfit! Add some gold, silver or rose gold toned jewelry and your favorite handbag to complete your outfit.

For this post, the 1.STATE Ruched Sleeve Rhythm Plaid Blazer from Nordstrom is featured. The pattern is a black and white plaid with a hint of burgundy in the pattern. It’s a good mix of polyester, rayon and spandex and has ruched sleeves for a neat look to the sleeves!

This blog post uses several pieces from the Simplified Style®: A Year Round Core Closet Essentials Capsule Wardrobe to create these 6 outfits. If you are want to start using a capsule wardrobe, I recommend Simplified Style® to get you started. It includes all the basic essentials you will need for all seasons of the year. You can use the E-Book alone or add a few of your favorite tops, bottoms or layers to create more outfits!

Simplified Style - A Year-Round Core Closet Essentials Capsule Wardrobe

Simplified Style: A Year-Round Core Closet Essentials Capsule Wardrobe expands on this post and includes:

  • 50 selected Clothes and Shoes (Plus, recommended accessories to complete your outfits!)
  • Step-by-step guide to create your capsule wardrobe
  • 2 Regular-Size (investment & budget), 2 Plus-Size (investment and budget) and 1 Sustainable/Ethical shopping options for each piece!
  • Over 400 outfit ideas
  • Printable Checklists
  • Travel Packing Guides For All 4 Seasons (10 Pieces / 7 Outfits)
  • Wardrobe Plans For All 4 Seasons (10 Pieces / 7 Outfits)
  • How to customize this wardrobe by adding accent colors
  • Monthly wardrobe planner by day
  • Monthly wardrobe planner by wardrobe item
  • & More

Here are 6 ways you can wear the 1.STATE Ruched Sleeve Rhythm Plaid Blazer:

Outfit #1 is a traditional dressy, professional look you can wear to the office. It includes the tab sleeve blouse, black pencil skirt, black bag and black pumps from the Simplified Style® E-Book.

Outfit #1 Details:

Tab Sleeve Blouse
Black Pencil Skirt
1.STATE Ruched Sleeve Rhythm Plaid Blazer
Gem Link Necklace
Leather Saddle Bag
Black Pumps


You can wear Outfit #2 to the office or on the weekend, Dressy or Casual! It includes the ivory cable sweater, black pants and black bag from the Simplified Style® E-Book.

Outfit #2 Details:

Ivory Cable Sweater
Black Pants
1.STATE Ruched Sleeve Rhythm Plaid Blazer
Pave Stone Earring & Necklace Set
Cuyana Saddle Bag
Burgundy Suede Flats


Outfit #3 is a casual take on a blazer outfit. The relaxed tee, jeans and sneakers gets an edgy look by adding a plaid blazer! It includes the gray tee, blue jeans and sneakers from the Simplified Style® E-Book.

Outfit #3 Details:

Gray Tee (I have this tee & love it!)
Blue Jeans
1.STATE Ruched Sleeve Rhythm Plaid Blazer
Multi-strand Silver Necklace
Grey Hobo Bag (only $29.99!)
Shoreline Slip-On Sneakers (I have these & love them!)


Outfit #4 can be casual or business-casual! If you need more of a business-casual look, replace the booties with black or nude pumps. This outfit is great to wear out to supper, out shopping with friends or to a family event.

Outfit #4 Details:

Ivory Modal Tee
Burgundy Jeans
1.STATE Ruched Sleeve Rhythm Plaid Blazer
Double Drop Earrings
Grey Hobo Bag (only $29.99!)
Block Heel Booties (this color is so versatile!)


When you want to wear a solid color dress, but need to add something for an interesting look? Add this plaid blazer! Even though Outfit #5 is all neutrals, you can add a pop of emerald green with this gold and emerald Tae Pendant Necklace and a pattern with this 1.STATE Ruched Sleeve Rhythm Plaid Blazer.

Outfit #5 Details:

Luxespun Raglan T-Shirt Dress (also comes in the “oatmeal” color)
1.STATE Ruched Sleeve Rhythm Plaid Blazer
Tae Pendant Necklace
Cuyana Saddle Bag
Romi Black Pumps


Outfit #6 adds pattern to this neutral color look. This light rose color Shoulder Bag (only $19.99!) add a bit of color to the outfit. It includes a tab sleeve top, black jeans and black booties from the Simplified Style® E-Book.

Outfit #6 Details:

Ivory Pocket Shirt
Ab-solution Black Stretch Skinny Jeans
1.STATE Ruched Sleeve Rhythm Plaid Blazer
Pave Stone Earring & Necklace Set
light rose color Shoulder Bag
Black Heeled Booties

Do you have a Plaid or Houndstooth Blazer in your Fall wardrobe?
Is it the tailored or oversized style?

Shop The Post:

Share This Post:

Similar Posts


  1. Thank you for the ideas!

    A question: Why are skinny jeans your default jean style in your collections, and, why a pair
    which costs $108.00?? I like the idea of jeans in different colors, and, if you would profile different styles, such as boot cut, which are more universally flattering, that would be great! Also, items that are more budget-friendly would also be more appealing.

  2. There are 2 different pairs in this post which are much less than $108 with the lowest being $64. You can always wear jeans that fit your body and style (ie: boot cut), you don’t have to wear exactly what Leanne posts. In her capsule books she gives both budget friendly and higher cost items along with some of her posts, such as the Target try on a little while back. You can also do some research yourself and find clothing items that fit your budget and body while following Leanne’s style. Research her previous blog posts and you will find the answers to all your questions.
    About the jean cost, $108 for a pair of jeans is not unreasonable (most designer blogs list them in the $200+ range). I personally do not buy jeans that expensive and choose the Old Navy or Target route, but you typically get what you pay for so I probably replace my jeans more often than Leanne due to being budget friendly.

  3. I think it’s because skinny jeans are more “of the moment” and work better for most modern styles right now. However, you can certainly re work anybody the outfits using boot cut jeans that are within your desired price range. Not every link she provides will work for every body type or every budget.

  4. I also have found that skinny jeans are flattering on most people. I used to hate them and only boot cut jeans and decided to buy a pair I received more compliments. So I wear them quite a bit now. And it’s exactly what the previous commenter said you get what you pay for. I have bought from Target and Old Navy. Madewell and Kut From the Kloth jeans are made better and do fit better. They don’t stretch out as bad.

  5. To “teachermrw”,

    Thank you for your question! The reason I tend to use skinny jeans in my posts is that they are universally flattering, whether you wear a tunic sweater, a tee or a fitted top. With boot-cut and flare jeans, sometimes wearing certain tops with those style of jeans can look frumpy and out of proportion, but you could certainly wear those style of jeans with a blazer and it would look polished. Thank you for giving me an idea for a future post on how to style boot-cut and even flare jeans!

    To answer your question about higher priced jeans, I have worn jeans that are $30 and ones that are $230. The fit, material and cut are all different, depending on the product from the retailer and brand, and we are all made different, so it’s a matter of personal preference. I have found that investing a bit more in a good quality pair of jeans, they tend to last longer, depending on the brand.

    I try to link different priced products on my blog posts when I can, to fit all readers budgets, but with so many jeans out there, it’s difficult to cover everything. As always, if you are looking for something in particular that I don’t have on a blog post, I recommend searching for it on shopstyle.com.

  6. Thank you so much for this post! I have had that exact blazer in my cart for several weeks but I was hesitating because I wanted to make it “earn it’s place” in my closet with several outfits. You did all of the work…..and I love all of the looks. For the first time in my life – I am also buying burgundy jeans.

  7. Suzanne,

    So glad to hear you are getting the blazer! The pattern is so pretty and the ruched sleeves will give you a bit of a relaxed look when you wear it casual with pants or jeans.

  8. I absolutely love the outfits that you put together!! I bought the Fall Teacher capsule, but every time I see a new outfit that you post I want it!! Thank you for giving me back a style.

  9. Thank you, Leanne B. I appreciate your detailed reply. And, I have never considered spending $100.00 or more for jeans. Shoes, coats, and dresses? Most certainly. But not jeans. Your reply has given me a new perspective. And, I may re-consider the skinny jeans! I am so used to wearing flared-bottom and boot cut, because of the way I am built.

  10. I purchased the teacher capsule and loved the ideas but found it way to casual. I don’t wear dresses or skirts but jeans are not acceptable. What other capsule would you suggest?

  11. Doris,

    There are several women that substitute a few of the pieces in the E-Books for ones that are more suitable for their lifestyle and work dress code. You can substitute pants for the jeans. You can search many retailers at one time at shopstyle.com. You can search on “chinos” or “twill” pants and your color. So, for the black jeans in the E-Book, search on “black chinos”, “black twill pants” or just “black pants”.

Comments are closed.